TAFE NSW - Western Institute, Bathurst College student, Michael Donnelly has been named Ulysses Motorcycle Club Apprentice of the Year by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
The award which includes an Aprilia RS125 motorcycle provided by Aprilia Australia was presented to Michael at the Annual General Meeting of the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club at Coffs Harbour.
FCAI Motorcycle Division Manager Ray Newland said, "This year's competition was particularly fierce with each finalist exhibiting superb competency, excellent marks in examinations and good levels of professionalism and character."
Michael's TAFE teacher, John Ewing said," Michael finished his TAFE studies at Bathurst in 2005 and his apprenticeship at the end of last year. He was an outstanding student who worked very hard to achieve the best marks in his class and to apply his skills in the work environment.
"I felt that Michael would have a good chance to become the Apprentice of the Year, he always showed maturity beyond his age and his employer - Inverell Motorcycles - were very happy with his performance.
"It was a pleasure to facilitate Michael's learning in the trade of motorcycle mechanics. He brought his work experiences back to the classroom to enrich the learning environment.
"When Michael won the State Award (and $2000-worth of tools from Repco and Sidchrome), I knew he had a good chance of winning the National Awards - he is worthy of the title'.
Michael's prize included an Aprilia motorcycle which came just in time because he and his wife have a new baby daughter. Michael said, "It was pretty good timing as my wife now needs the car we usually share and I was looking for a cheap motorcycle to ride to work. I never thought I'd be riding a new Aprilia!"
"I'm stoked to win the bike and the tools and can't thank the Ulysses Club, Aprilia, Repco and Ray for picking me as the winner enough. Thanks everyone," he declared